Serving Veterans of Today and Tomorrow through Individualized Programming

A veteran is defined by WestCare as any individual who has served in the military for a single day. Both men and women of every age, ethnicity, culture, and background, as well as their families, are honored for their service to this country. WestCare works to provide individualized services based on the diverse needs of this population. Post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, joblessness, traumatic brain injury, homelessness, family dysfunction, relational problems, and depression are few of the many issues that veterans face today. WestCare understands the importance of giving back to those who have already given so much and is working across the country to provide services that address these needs and more.

According to the Department of Veteran's Affairs, an estimated 144,842 Veterans spent at least one night in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program in the recent year. No matter what the circumstances, no one who has served their country should ever find themselves living in the streets. To combat this statistic, WestCare has transitional living programs for both male and female veterans. Veteran's Plaza, a 28-bed facility for male Veterans, offers housing for up to two years and case management services for each resident. Likewise, HomeFront provides housing for female Veterans and their children, ensuring stability for families in need. For immediate assistance, WestCare provides and works with shelters that link the clients to various services after their stay. Examples of programs such as these include: Georgia's Blanket Atlanta and Turning Point in Florida.

Families serve alongside the military member in a supportive and equally important role. Admiral Michael Mullen told service members, "You couldn't be here, deploy and rest easy if things weren't going well at home and for the support that your families have given." Spouses of Veterans have faced and overcome many obstacles while their husband or wife was in the service. They were the single caretaker and support system for the family, all while worrying for the safety of their spouse. Children of Veterans lived much of their life with only one parent present, understanding that their mom or dad was away protecting this country's freedom. WestCare honors the families of those who have served and seeks to provide them supportive services to help them in times of need. The FAVA program program (Family Alliance for Veterans of America) provides information, education, advocacy and support to families of Veterans and Veterans across America at a time of their critical need. On a more local level, WestCare offers programs that provide case management to veterans in efforts to connect them with services they need to help both them and their families. An example of a program such as this includes California's San Joaquin Valley Veterans.

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